Search results for: Program evaluation
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Organisational Self-evaluation and Teacher Education for Community Relations in a Transforming Society?
During 2004, the School of Education at the University of Ulster embarked on an innovative three-year project designed to embed community relations objectives within initial teacher education. This article reports on one very specific and time-limited element of the broader project. That is, development work designed to investigate the possibilities of using processes of self-review and evaluation as a lever for improvements in initial teacher education for community relations.
Updated: Jun. 30, 2016
In this paper, the authors review the approaches taken in several states that have already estimated the effects of teacher preparation programs (TPP) and analyze the proposals for incorporating students’ test score gains into the evaluations of TPP by states that have received federal Race to the Top funds. They developed a framework to focus on three types of decisions that are required to implement these new accountability requirements: selection, estimation and reporting.
Updated: Nov. 22, 2015
Based on new cloud technology and related learning theories, this article presents a new e-learning model called the collaborative learning cloud to solve the problem of instructor–student imbalance in current e-learning applications, especially in China. The authors conclude that students can receive learning support services according to their needs from the collaborative learning cloud in which other students and instructors are connected with each other as a kind of virtual learning resources. By applying the knowledge modelling technique and the economic model of free market in the collaborative learning cloud, virtual resources can be dispatched in the most reasonable and effective way. This design alleviates the tension between limited instructional resources and too many learning support demands.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2015
The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of the Early Childhood Training Program. This program was designed to increase the quality of care offered to children age 0 to 5 in a metropolitan area of Southern California. Participants were recruited from six center-based child care programs serving preschool-age children and included program administrators, teachers, teacher aides, and enrolled children. The six participating programs were assessed at four levels: program administration, classroom, teacher, and child. The results demonstrated that the largest effect sizes were seen at the program administration and classroom levels and that smaller effect sizes were found with regard to the teacher and child levels.
Updated: Jul. 29, 2015
The purpose of this study was to evaluate a programme on mathematics teaching carried out using reflective practice. While the study shows that the education programme generates high levels of satisfaction, pedagogical appropriateness and learning, its achievements in effectiveness are moderate. Although, in general, what is learned through teacher education is implemented in the classroom, it is done individually and without becoming a part of the culture of the school. The results show little evidence of the programme's impact on student learning.
Updated: Jan. 14, 2015
The purpose of THIS study was to examine preservice teachers’ perceptions about their experiences in the Teaching Residency Program for Critical Shortage Areas program. This program designed to address teacher shortages in mathematics and science in high-need schools. Three themes emerged from the data analysis: (a) the residency framework, (b) a relevant curriculum, and (c) immersion in an authentic school context.
Updated: Sep. 22, 2014
Curriculum Development in Teacher Education: Process and Politics of the Redesign of an Undergraduate Middle-Grades Program
The goal of this article is to describe the process that was used to redesign the middle-grades program in a state university. The article describes the guiding framework that led the process, the data collected, how that data was used to make decisions about learning experiences, the politics of the curriculum change, and the process that will be used to evaluate the program changes. The author concludes that the evaluation of the new program reveals that middle-grades program meets all of the standards mandated by the governing organizations while also responding to the needs of current middle schools.
Updated: Sep. 08, 2014
In this article, the authors refer to the discussion of appropriate methods for researching professional development. They extend this discussion by observing that randomized trials of specific professional development programs have not enhanced our knowledge of effective program characteristics, leaving practitioners without guidance with regard to best practices. In response, the authors propose that scholars should execute more rigorous comparisons of professional development designs at the initial stages of program development and use information derived from these studies to build a professional knowledge base.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2014
Supporting Children’s Mathematical Understanding: Professional Development Focused on Out-of-school Practices
This study describes the Reflection Connection Cycle professional development program. The author chose to develop a program that would help teachers find ways to draw on the knowledge students gained from their out-of-school experiences for the explicit goal of using those understandings to support classroom mathematics learning. The participants were 14 female elementary school teachers. The findings revealed that while initial lessons focused solely on the context of practices, subsequent lessons show a greater concern for the mathematics in which children were engaged within a practice. The author argues that specific support in making connections to informal understanding in lesson design may need to be addressed directly.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
This article presents the results of a mixed-methods study investigated recent graduates’ perceptions of their preparation program. The highest levels of preparation and confidence were found in the areas of professionalism, behavior management, and instruction. The lowest levels of preparation and confidence were noted in transition and teaching students whose first language was not English.Participants reported that early clinical experiences and student teaching were the most beneficial components of the program.
Updated: Feb. 19, 2014